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Multiple towers given the green light within Port Phillip

Early in the year Urban Melbourne highlighted a squad of new residential towers looking to call South Melbourne home . Fast forward and the considerably lengthy backlog of residential projects at planning within City of Port Phillip is a little lighter, with a number of earlier tower applications given the go-ahead. A VCAT-issued permit for 2 Bowen Crescent was obtained by Wuzhong International last month, clearing the way for a 19 storey...

South Melbourne a magnet for new residential tower applications

A rush of planning applications either side of the festive break are cumulatively seeking to add to South Melbourne's robust development scene, with four major apartment projects lodged. City of Port Phillip will now assess the respective merits of the fresh applications, along with a handful of other noteworthy towers already at planning that when combined, would provide the popular suburb with thousands of new apartments. Most recent to...

Perri Projects diversify into the hotel sector

South Melbourne is poised to host a new hotel on the corner of Moray and Dorcas Street, with developer Perri Projects planning to launch the luxury development. Having gained a footprint onsite during 2005, subsequent land purchases were made allowing Perri Projects to push ahead with the hotel scheme, which entered planning mid last year. With approval in place, Perri Projects are now ramping up their intentions for the site to coincide with a...

Victoria's first vertical school to rise in South Melbourne

Set to open in 2018, the construction for Victoria's first vertical school has begun with the Premier, Minister for Education James Merlino and local member Martin Foley turning the first sod of soil and launching a new state government authority that will oversee building of new, and upgrade of existing local schools and early childhood centres. Designed by Hayball , the P-6 South Melbourne Primary School, located on Ferrars Street, will have...

Five South Melbourne projects jockey for approval

Jockeying they may for approval be but if City of Port Phillip were to have its way these five projects which fall within the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area would be heavily modified in order to gain approval. While the final call lies with the State Government, City of Port Phillip have provided extensive feedback on each of the proposals via recent Council meetings. The five highlighted South Melbourne projects below also provide a...

Old Emerald Hill enters a new construction spurt

The heart of South Melbourne is seeing increased development activity as a swag of projects look to use the turn of 2016 as an important construction marker. Emerald Hill as it was once known serves as the heart of the suburb and has traditionally been been subject to limited low and medium-rise developments relative to its loftier neighbours in Southbank. Developers and apartment buyers alike have been seeking out the stretch of South Melbourne...

Night falls on Montague Precinct

The evolution of Montague Precinct will soon gain further momentum with BPM’s Night Fall project set to become reality. Inspired by elements of urban New York, it has been designed to add a sense of New York to the rich grain and fabric of the area and to provide a contrast to some of the taller developments both approved and proposed within the precinct. The $26.5 million boutique project comprises 45 apartments over 7-storeys and is located at...

New applications roll into City of Port Phillip

Continuing the focus on City of Port Phillip this week, the municipality's planning department is currently occupied with a cluster of medium-sized planning applications currently going through the approvals process. Following on from yesterday's profile of K1 Union Street , five further planning applications are highlighted below, representing the next wave of apartment developments in the municipality. 228 Dorcas Street & 10-14 Charles...

Orbis South Melbourne shows its wares

Panel by panel, one of Melbourne's truly unique residential buildings is beginning to show its considerable character due to an exterior unlike any other. Orbis is located on Palmerston Crescent, South Melbourne, and is the handy work of ARM Architecture on behalf of South Yarra-based Arno Corporation. Spanning seven levels and holding 48 apartments, Orbis' sculptured exterior is the development's highlight which sees a golden, concave facade...

Planning for a South Melbourne double dose?

Separate developers with adjoining sites have joined forces to lodge dual planning applications which seek to add 342 new apartments into South Melbourne, whilst also delivering a healthy amount of street level activation. In a sign that Lintime Pty Ltd and Round Bay Pty Ltd have aligned their efforts, both applications were lodged simultaneously during September 2014. Further, both prospective towers carry the same project team headed by...

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Development & Planning

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 00:00
The proposed changes to the residential zone controls put forward by the Victorian State Government via Amendment VC110 were gazetted on Tuesday. While the amendments effect the General Residential Zone (GRZ), Residential Growth Zone (RGZ), and Mixed Use Zone (MUZ ) it’s the removal of the two-lot subdivision restriction in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone (NRZ) that is perhaps most notable, effectively increasing development potential in the NRZ.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 00:00
Katrina Raynor , University of Melbourne and Carolyn Whitzman , University of Melbourne The need for more affordable housing close to public transport and services is acute in Melbourne. Inner Melbourne has experienced a 74% increase in rough sleeping in the past two years .

Visual Melbourne

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 07:00
Once again Melbourne has turned it on for the spectacular cultural juggernaut that is White Night. A crowd of around 600,000 took part in the all night festival of projections, performances, artworks and installations. Stealing the show again this year was the extraordinary projections upon the Royal Exhibition Building.

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Transport & Design

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 00:00
The State Library of Victoria is set to undergo further transformation as part of the library's $88.1 million 2020 Vision. The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall and a number of gallery spaces are set to be reopened to the public as multi-functional spaces after many years behind closed doors.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 13:00
Victoria Walks, a walking promotion charity supported by VicHeath, is leading a crowdsourcing initiative that is supported by the State Government and 14 councils. The campaign aims to collect and analyse opinions on walking right across the Melbourne metropolitan area. The authorities are asking people to indicate their walking safety concerns through an interactive online map on CrowdSpot's platform.